Nunavik gets tourism boost



angirsuk will see a new and improved hotel next year, while Inukjuak’s museum will finally receive some badly-needed renovations, thanks to a pot of money revealed last week in Quebec City by Nathalie Normandeau, the provincial minister for regional tourism.

The Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec will get $100,000 towards the construction of a hotel in Kangirsuk. The renovation project at the Daniel Weetaluktuk museum in Inukjuak will get $25,000.

The money, to be funneled through the Kativik Regional Government, is part of an agreement on tourism, intended to support the tourism development in the Inuit, Cree and non-native communities of northern Quebec.

Nunavik’s share of the money has been used in the past to help build the new co-op hotel in Kangiqsualujjuaq, develop a sea kayaking venture in Akulivik and offer support to local festivals, such as Puvirnituq’s annual snow festival or the Aqpik Music Jam in Kuujjuaq.

A separate agreement for tourism in Nunavik, one that will give the region’s Nunavik Tourism office a much larger budget and more say in its affairs, is expected to be reached sometime in 2005.

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